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Mana Food Bar (Listing Update): A Tasty Meatless Globetrotter

Half portions make it easy to share at this pleasing vegetarian spot in Wicker Park.

Meat-free ma po tofu at Mana Food Bar   Photo: Jason Little

Global influences find pleasing expression in well-conceived dishes, nearly all available in half portions that make it easy to cover a lot of territory. Squeeze in at the bar and start with fresh fruit or vegetable juice enlivened, if you like, with a shot of vodka.

Menu highlights include impressively delicate gyoza, cheesy polenta generously topped with wild mushrooms, bold caponata, grilled endive and radicchio with hazelnuts and blue cheese, and saag paneer that sheds new light on this Indian classic. Many vegan and gluten-free offerings. Service is casual but tuned in.

Dishes we liked: Spinach and pear salad ($6, $9.50), caponata ($8, $15), cauliflower curry ($7.25, $13.25), gyoza ($7), mushroom sauté ($8.50, $16), endive salad ($6.50, $12), saag paneer ($7, $14), Thai tea crème brûlée ($6)

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